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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Fire destroys multiple mobile homes in Okanogan County’s Elmer City

A fire tore through a mobile home park in Okanogan County’s Elmer City on Tuesday, destroying several homes and displacing multiple families.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 6:24 p.m.

Crews battled wildfires along I-90 on the West Plains

County fire crews are battling at least two brush fires along Interstate 90, near Medical Lake and Cheney.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Big fires still burning in Washington and Idaho, though their growth has slowed

As Washington and Idaho wind down on one of the worst fire seasons on record, several blazes continue to burn unabated as they eat up firefighting efforts and spew smoke …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 4:12 p.m.

Spokane air quality worsened, then improved Thursday morning as students return to school

After days of easy breathing, Spokane’s air dipped into unhealthy ranges Thursday morning just as kids returned to school for the year.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Rain clears smoke … for now

About a quarter inch of rain fell over much of Eastern Washington and North Idaho Sunday and Monday morning, clearing out smoke and dampening the thirsty landscape.


Shawn Vestal: Will smoke wake us up to climate change?

While some politicians are trying very hard right now to remain blind to the role of climate change in wildfires, the fact that global warming is driving the growth of …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Spokane wakes up to worst air in the country; some trash collection delayed

Spokane was reported to have the worst air quality in the nation Monday morning, and although conditions had improved by the afternoon, experts said there would probably be smoke in …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

The air in Spokane is the best it’s been in days

The air in Spokane is bad. But not as bad.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:35 a.m.

For third day in a row, Spokane’s smoky air measures in ‘unhealthy’ category

Air quality in Spokane remains in the “unhealthy” category for the third straight day.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Pilot survives as Fire Boss plane goes down in Ferry County

A Fire Boss plane went down in Ferry County this afternoon while fighting one of the 70 fires that sparked around Washington after the lightning storms and winds Saturday.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Spokane starts Tuesday morning with unhealthy air

Spokane woke up to unhealthy air for the second straight day on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

2,000 acre fire near Kettle Falls burns three homes, threatens another 120, as it continues to grow

A wildfire burning northwest of Kettle Falls has leveled at least three homes and threatens another 120.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Firefighter injured Saturday in Grass Valley fire in satisfactory condition

A firefighter injured Saturday in the Grass Valley fire near Grand Coulee Dam was a volunteer from Okanogan County.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Air quality ‘unhealthy’ in Spokane, North Idaho, Northeastern Washington

Wildfire smoke that has blanketed Northeastern Washington and North Idaho, creating unhealthy breathing conditions, is expected to linger through much of the week, experts said.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Improved conditions keep fire from Coulee Dam; evacuations underway near Kettle Falls

After a day of heavy winds pushed a fire to nearly 70 square miles to the edge of the Town of Coulee Dam on Saturday, improving weather conditions helped firefighters …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Firefighter flown to Harborview; parts of Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee under mandatory evacuation from Grass Valley fire

A firefighter was injured and parts of the cities of Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam were evacuated Saturday as windy conditions created a roaring wildfire in central Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Wallet? Check. Medicine? Check. Portable Toilet? Emergency officials create checklist for fleeing wildfire

If a wildfire is nearby and you need to evacuate, have your medicine, a flashlight, family heirlooms, lots of other essentials and maybe a portable toilet ready to take with …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Silver Lake fire near Cheney is almost burnt out

After three days and 11 miles, the Silver Lake fire that burned 340 acres along Interstate 90 near Cheney is nearly burnt out.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Silver Lake fire near Cheney enters mop-up stage

The worst of the Silver Lake fire burning along Interstate 90 near Cheney is likely over as residents return home and firefighters focus Tuesday on mopping up hotspots.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Crews continue to fight fire near Davenport

The Angel Springs fire near Davenport is 15 percent contained, with crews from local, state and federal agencies working to contain it.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Evacuations ordered for residents near Silver Lake fire along I-90

A fast-moving brush fire quickly grew to 100 acres and its smoke forced brief closures on Interstate 90 in both directions near the Cheney exit as fire officials called for …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

80-acre fire north of Reardan contained

A fire burning about 8 miles north of Reardan is 100-percent lined, firefighters said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 11:55 a.m.

Wildfires prompted emergency call for Guard help

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Tuesday because of wildfires in Eastern Washington and called out National Guard troops to help fight the fires.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 4:19 p.m.

Washington governor declares wildfire state of emergency

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in the entire state due to wildfire threats.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Fires near Coeur d’Alene Airport were sparked by airplane

Several small fires sparked Monday near the Coeur d’Alene Airport were started by an airplane, Kootenai County reported on its Facebook page.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 6:37 a.m.

Firefighters douse fire near Newman Lake

More than 40 firefighters, multiple fire trucks and air crews battled a five acre brush fire north of Newman Lake.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Firefighters battling several brush fires near Coeur d’Alene Airport

North Idaho firefighters are battling several small brush fires near the Coeur d’Alene Airport. Jim Lyons, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District, said crews were battling about seven fires, though …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 12:32 p.m.

Volunteers begin rebuilding mountain bike trails damaged by the Upriver Beacon Fire

With the blunt and honest self-reflection unique to teenagers, Ben Pino, 15, summarized what many Spokane-area mountain bikers must have felt last week as fires burned the Beacon Hill and …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 9:08 a.m.

Fire near Spokane dies down, but conditions remain primed for more activity this week

Fire officials say a small wildfire that sparked near Valleyford on Saturday afternoon is unlikely to grow in size.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Wildfire burning 70,000 acres closes I-90 near Vantage; Spokane wakes up to smoky skies

A wildfire in Kittitas County has burned 70,000 acres and closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Vantage. The Boylston fire is among several that are scorching scrubland and wheat …